Luxury Caribbean resort serves up lionfish to save the shore and satisfy guests
Press Release 2012
WILLEMSTAD, Curaao (November 20, 2012) - Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa & Marina has recently announced its initiative to help control the lionfish population by hunting, cooking and serving up the tasty fish that is wreaking havoc on the island's coral reefs. Through his innovative culinary imagination, award-winning Chef Norbert Roesch has turned these marine pests into edible masterpieces.
Due to lionfish being highly unattractive to sharks and larger predators, the lionfish population surrounding Curacao has recently boomed allowing the feisty fish to gobble up vast amounts of young fish and pose a significant threat to the island's coral reefs. In addition, lionfish have a venomous spines that can sting swimmers, but is denatured when the fish is cooked. In an effort to end the destruction of Curacao's beloved coral reefs, Chef Norbert is now offering lionfish specials at SHOR American Seafood Grill, the resort's fresh seafood restaurant overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Guests can choose among grilled lionfish, stuffed lionfish with crab meat, lionfish ceviche and seared lionfish.
"We are pleased to announce that we are doing our part in controlling the lionfish population, saving our coral reefs and protecting our guests," said Chef Norbert. "Not only do our guests enjoy the flavors of the light and flakey white fish, they are enthused about the initiative and thrilled to be part of the solution."
Chef Roesch is also stimulating the local economy by buying the caught lionfish from local divers twice a week. The lionfish initiative goes hand-in-hand with Hyatt's industry-leading philosophy, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., promoting the message of creating healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities.
Hyatt Regency Curaao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
Located at Santa Barbara Plantation, the 350-room Hyatt Regency Curaao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is part of a 1,500-acre luxury resort community nestled along a natural harbor known as Spanish Water, 25 minutes from Curaao's capital city of Willemstad. The luxury resort features uninterrupted water views on three sides, white sand beaches, full-service Atabei Spa, separate 24-hour Hyatt Stay Fit fitness center, Camp Arawak, three outdoor pools, three restaurants, lounge, dive and water sport facility, Old Quarry - an 18-hole Pete Dye designed championship golf course and 38,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space.